Simon & Schuster UK
Books published by Simon & Schuster UK
Fifteen true stories from a Los Angeles Times staff writer sympathetically exploring the lives of people whose experience has been touched by crime or stress.
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts
Successful Swedish-American lawyer Martin Benner must the prove innocence of dead woman Sara Texas, accused of a string of murders in the US, while looking for her missing son Mio. At the same time he finds himself framed for crimes he didn’t commit.
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman
A successful musician, wounded by a recent divorce, seeks inspiration and renewal on the wild north west coast of Ireland. He is, literally, struck by lightning and starts to have nightmare visions which foretell horror for him, his friends and his family.
Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Kate Balfour
When Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Orthodox priest, finds the body of Ugolina Nogara in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the retreat of the Pope, he becomes party to machinations within the Vatican that will rock the whole establishment of the Catholic Church.
Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Barnbrook
Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, agrees to an informal request from MI5 to look into a case involving a group of political activists calling themselves Action Against Authority. Legal reasons prevent MI5 itself from pursuing the case because the group is linked to a political party – the SNP.
Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Arnold Taylor
Honey Deschamps works at Britain’s wartime top secret intercept and decoding centre. Somebody starts to send her parcels of amber, apparently from a looted Russian palace. Who is responsible, and in a place where everyone keeps secrets, who can she trust?
Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal
Constable Charles Horton of the River Police investigates the brutal killing of a clerk and his family in London’s East End and is drawn into the secretive world of the East India Company and a confrontation on a lonely South Atlantic island with a killer who seems to be the very Devil.
Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal
The terrifying Paper Boy arrives at night, carefully chooses his victims, mostly children, and disappears. Later the mutilated bodies are found with paper bags on their heads. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht have to stop him from claiming more lives.
Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Ewa Sherman
Major John Watson is a prisoner of the Germans. A former adversary of Sherlockj Holmes, seeking revenge, vows to make him suffer and Watson is sent to a vicious PoW camp in the Hartz mountains. There he uncovers a murderous racket among the prisoners and puts his own life, as well as that of Holmes at risk.
Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by John Cleal
Seven days after Nicole Wilson goes missing, her body is found in a field outside LA International Airport. She has been tortured and her body posed. A posed corpse means a ritual, which gives Detective Robert Hunter limited time until the killer does it again.
Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Madeleine Marsh
Charles Thoroughgood, the newly-appointed head of a revamped MI6, is presented almost immediately with the problem of cyber attacks on the UK. At the same time one of his field agents is murdered and a former colleague who turned traitor escapes from prison.
Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor
Dr John Watson is back from the trenches, trying to help soldiers affected by shellshock. With Holmes unavailable, he is tasked with solving the mysterious deaths of seven men at a secret establishment where a new weapon which could shorten the war is being developed, but must battle Army indifference as much as German agents.
Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal
A fearless reporter, Tatiana Petrovna, is found dead, apparently having committed suicide by throwing herself from the sixth floor of an apartment block. At about the same time a billionaire Mafia chief is shot dead. As Senior Investigator, Arkady Renko, looks into the first case, he comes to believe that it is in some way connected with the second.
Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Arnold Taylor